Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Adam Cheng, Qiqi Chen, Norman Chu, Jade Hsu, Eddy Ko
Director: Patrick Tam
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Tai Seng Entertainment Release Date: 03/18/2003 Run time: 84 minutes
One of the best sword fighting movie ever.....^^
Kavou Phang | Lawrence, MA United States | 04/29/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the best sword fighting movie ever made (1980) and is characterized as the new wave martial arts movie.
The story goes as a new swordsman tries to gain recognition by challenging the best swordsman. At the end he finally achieved his goal and became the best sword fighter, but he also paid with a big price in doing so. You might lose more than what you wishing for!
Patrick Tam only directed a few movie in his career and this one is definitely his best work. The action sequence is one of the best. Fast & bloody and yet graceful. The story is exciting with nice fashionable costumes and a few beautiful women to delight the scene. A must have for sword fighting movie collector.
I am not sure about this DVD. The one I have is a VCD and the picture is scratched and hasn't been restored."
Yokaira S. Acosta | Lawrence,MA USA | 08/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love this movie. I watch it several times. The fighting scenes are amazing. You can see that it was ahead of its time. I would 100% recommand movie. Adam Cheng sword fighting is the best I have seen in all his performances."
Somewhat slow, but the slow pace fits the dark mood of the m
morgoth | omaha, NE | 06/03/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"'The Sword' is a swordplay drama with thrilling action, a nice space age type of soundtrack and great cinematography. Nothing compares to seeing a sword in Adam cheng's hand. Lee Hoi San, Eddy Ko, and Norman Chu also star and all do very good work, but Adam Cheng is truly a magical performer. The directing and acting is also superb and this is one of my personal favorite movies. Many moments are just so grinningly satisfying such as seeing Cheng's face when he learns that his childhood sweetheart now has a husband. And Norman Chu will make you think he must be a bad guy in real life coming across so menacing and heartless on screen.
Adam Cheng stars as a master swordsman who is looking for another master swordsman who he wants to challenge, but he gets caught up in an another swordsman's plot to gain 2 evil and powerful swords for himself. The one plotting to kill him and get the swords is his childhood sweetheart's husband (Norman Chu). It all leads to a final battle that is posibly the greatest sword fight ever filmed. It gets pretty dark and has very graphic violence at times. The ending absolutely has to be seen. This is somewhat of a remake of Jimmy Wang Yu's Crash Masters: The Sword (1971) made 9 years earlier, except much more exciting and just a better overall movie.
Sound and picture quality on the Deltamac DVD are good and the subtitles are well written."
More interesting than the title suggests
Erik Herrmann | Portland, Oregon | 02/14/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"On the surface, this would appear to be a typical wuxia pan (Chinese
martial arts adventure) film from the early 70's. What's interesting
here (or maybe not) is that this story is actually a prequel to the
classic 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'. That movie was actually
based on the third part of three part story written in China many,
many, many years ago. This film is based on the first part of that
novel, and introduces the characters later played in CTHD by Chow-
Yun Fat and Michelle Yeoh. It also chronicles the making of the
great sword known in CTHD as the 'Green Destiny' (though it is not
refered to by that name in this film) The protaginists names are
different here as well, though I don't know if they were changed
for this film or for CTHD. Since this was made sveral years before,
I'm inclined to believe this one is closer to the original Chinese
text. You needn't be familiar with CTHD to enjoy this film however.
Despite the era in which it was made, it is gorgeously shot and the
action scenes are quite wonderful. (And dig that shot of the guy
who gets split in half down the middle by the titular weapon!)